Updated at 04:00 Wednesday Dec 12th

Highlands & Eilean Siar Regional Forecast


Bright or sunny spells. Cloudier west with some rain.


Cloudy with occasional rain at first in the west becoming more confined to the Isles. Bright spells developing, perhaps the odd sunny break in the afternoon most likely in North Highland. The southeasterly winds strong around the coast. Maximum Temperature 9C.


A few showers at first this evening across Lochaber and the Isles, otherwise a dry evening and night, with some clear spells in the north and east. Gales for Hebrides. Minimum Temperature 3C.


A mostly dry and bright day with some sunshine at times. Windy, with gales persisting over the Hebrides especially Barra and Uists. Feeling colder. Maximum Temperature 6C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Mainly dry with some sunshine on Friday but cold and windy. Rain preceded by snow on Saturday with severe gales possible. Then brighter with showers on Sunday.

UK Outlook for Monday 17 Dec 2018 to Wednesday 26 Dec 2018:

Through the middle of the month, a mix of blustery showers and longer spells of rain looks likely, with a risk of severe gales. Temperatures will be around normal for the time of year, although the south and west could become rather mild at times. However, a chance of some colder air in the north could give the risk of some hill snow. Heading into the Christmas week, it will probably stay unsettled, with further spells of wind and rain, but interspersed by some brighter and showery weather. Temperatures on the whole look likely to be a little milder than average. However, there is a small chance of colder temperatures, which could bring snow to hilltops in the north, and perhaps to low levels for a time in the northeast.

UK Outlook for Thursday 27 Dec 2018 to Thursday 10 Jan 2019:

The end of 2018 is likely to remain fairly changeable with showers or longer spells of rain, possibly wintry over higher ground. Temperatures look likely to be around normal for the time of year, although there is a small chance things could turn colder in late December. However, as we head into the New Year, there is an increased chance of high pressure becoming established close to the UK. This would bring drier and colder weather, but also an increasing chance of some snow showers and nighttime frosts.

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